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South America

Black Music of Brazil.

Street tour of Brazil including visits to ghettos of Rio, Samba schools preparing for Carnival and the African-rooted Bahia region. Includes interview with superstar Gilberto Gil, probing the political impact of his music, and performancesand conversation with other Brazilian performers. Finally there's The Capoeira dancers, performers of a unique martial arts dance which originated in Angola. Film surveys many styles of music of the country including Samba, bossa nova and others. 1990. 50 min.

Bolivian Blues. Life, Part 27

In Bolivia, 10% of children are undernourished and average school attendance is less than 7 years. Entrenched vested interests hamper foreign investments and its landlocked geography limits access to export markets. But there are signs of change. This program explores the success of a new initiative "Dialogo 2000: si se puede" designed to coordinate the work of donor agencies and focus outside aid on achieving real poverty reduction. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) c2000. 24 min.

Bossa Nova.

Music: Chega de saudade -- Wave -- Insensatez -- Corcovado -- Aguas de Marco -- Luiza -- Carota de Impanema. Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Nana Masconcelos, Paulinho da Viola, Gilberto Gil, Gerry Mulligan, Jon Pareles, Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, Sergio Mendex, Clare Fischer, Bernard Lavilliers. A history of the origins and development of the Brazilian bossa nova.

Brasil: Sacredotistas, Sambistas y Mulatas. (Mujeres de America Latina; 2.)

One in a series that looks at Latin America through its women with interviews and on sight visits. This second program examines the lives of women in Brazil and the brutal life many must face as they struggle for survival for themselves and their children. In Portuguese. 1995. 60 min.

Brazil

This episode focuses on Brazil's Waiapi peoples who fight to maintain control over their lands. Excepts from Jeffrey O'Connor's film "At the Edge of Conquest, " offers a dramatic and intimate account of the Waiapi tribe's controntation with the Brazilian government in an attempt to secure permanent boundaries and to halt illegal mining procedures on their territory. The film concludes with examples of other indigenous peoples around the world who are fighting for land rights. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast April 13, 1995. 27 min.

Brazil's Land Revolution.

In Brazil, almost half of the agricultural land is owned by just one percent of the population. The government estimates that land reform would benefit some 4.5 million families -- both agricultural workers and city slum-dwellers. Political opposition has so far prevented meaningful progress. Now Brazil's president has announced plans to resettle more than 100,000 landless families this year and promises additional agrarian reform over the next two years.

Brazil, Jewel of the Amazon.

Reporter Mariana van Zeller looks at the controversy of diamonds and their mining which are located on the reservation of the Cinta Larga in Brazil. Videodisc release of the PBS program, Frontline/World which aired January 24, 2006. 60 min.

Brazil. (Emerging Powers; 4)

Examines Brazil's changing economy. Brazil has the largest economy in Latin America, but a long history of inflation and corruption. Includes an interview with President Fernando Henrique Cardoso describing the steps his administration has taken to open up and privatize Brazil's market. Includes interviews with Rogerio Braga who is transforming Brazilian orange farming, with Jose Midlin who is a global power in autoparts and a visit to Sao Paulo's fast-growing stock exchange. 1996. 50 min.

Brazil: An Inconvenient History

Few realize that Brazil was actually the largest participant in the slave trade in the New World. Forty percent of all slaves that survived the Atlantic crossing were destined for Brazil and at one time half of the population of Brazil were slaves. It was the last country to officially abolish slavery in 1888. This production charts Brazil's history of slavery using original texts, letters, accounts and decrees, with commentary by historians, anthropologists and others who recount the effect of centuries of slavery on Brazil today. 2000. 47 min. ;

Brazil: Winning Against AIDS

HIV and AIDS patients in Brazil get the same treatment as similar patients in the United States and Europe. Since Brazil started to manufacture its own HIV and AIDS drugs in 1997, the national program has halved the death rate from AIDS, prevented thousands of new patients from being hospitalized, and helped stabilize the epidemic. This program examines whether Brazil's program can be replicated in other countries. 2001. 30 min.
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